Enter: Vinny Lecavalier, the Flyers' new second-line center.
Lecavalier, who signed a five-year deal worth $22.5 million, took to the ice Thursday for the first day of training camp with his new team. ESPN's Scott Burnside caught up with Lecavalier following the practice to find out how Lecavalier felt about being in Philadelphia.
Aside from touching on how it is an adjustment coming from Tampa to Philadelphia, he spoke of the fans and how excited he is to play in front of die-hard Flyers fans. Lecavalier, 33, said, "I'm excited to come to a game here and they can actually cheer for us and not against me." And he was very clear that it was not just from fans at training camp but Flyers fans everywhere. "You can feel it. You can feel it around town. People are excited. This is a huge hockey market, so I'm excited about it."
It is awesome to have a player of Lecavalier's caliber hungry to play in front of passionate, sometimes rabid, hockey fans at the Wells Fargo Center. If this is a glimpse into what Flyers fans can expect from Vinny Lecavalier, he is going to endear himself rather quickly in the City of Brotherly Love.
By his standards, Lecavalier had a down year scoring 10 goals and dishing out 22 assists for 32 points in 32 games. In his last full season, Lecavalier tallied 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points in 64 games. He has played in 65 and 64 in each of the last two full 82 game seasons. The last time he played in all 82 games was in 2009-10 when he scored 24 goals and racked up 46 assists for 70 points.
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